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Huntsman: Rivals in dark on China

Last modified: 11/3/2011 12:00:00 AM
Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman said yesterday that recent comments by rivals Herman Cain and Mitt Romney raise concerns about taking the nation's security and economic policies toward China in the wrong direction.

'It can lead to misguided policies economically, militarily and from a regional security standpoint that can be very damaging to this nation,' Huntsman said during a visit to South Carolina.

Huntsman said the United States has to wield its power in the right ways.

'Let's get serious about the country that will really matter most, and we've got to make this relationship work,' Huntsman said 'We have to deal with China economically; we've got to deal with them from a security standpoint.'

On Monday, Cain said in a PBS interview that China is a military threat to the United States and that his strategy in dealing with that nation is to outgrow it economically.

'They've indicated that they're trying to develop nuclear capability and they want to develop more aircraft carriers like we have. So, yes, we have to consider them a military threat,' Cain said on NewsHour.

China detonated its first nuclear device in 1964.


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